Following the 2-1 defeat of Atlético Madrid in Wednesday’s cup semi-final first leg, the Barça players were naturally a very happy lot indeed – although they were also keen to stress that a place in the final is by no means sorted yet.

Luis Suárez

“I’m very pleased with the win, but we had the chances to score at least one more goal in the first half.”

“You have to suffer if you want to reach the final, and this tie is anything but over.”

“It was important to get an away goal and we did that, but nothing is decided yet.”

Ivan Rakitic

“We generally did a good job. We deserved the win and we’re well placed for the second leg at home.”

“The team got into its rhythm nicely, and that’s not easy to do at this ground. We had a really good first half. We worked hard.”

Messi is the best player not just now but of all time.”

“I am really happy to be playing and really keen to stay here.”

Sergi Roberto

"It was a good result for us. But the return leg’s going to be very difficult.”

"Messi scored a great goal – he once again showed that he’s the best.”

"We had a really good first half, but we found it a lot harder to get the ball moving in the second. There are things we’re going to need to improve for the second leg.”

"A 2-1 win here is a great result. It was only normal for them to put us under pressure because this is their ground.”

André Gomes

"We try not to worry too much about refereeing matters.”

"The game at home is going to be difficult. But we’re ready for it and keen to win another cup.”

PSG through in the French Cup

Barça opponents in the last 16 of the Champions League were in action in their domestic cup competition on Wednesday. Unai Emery’s Paris Saint-Germain side moved comfortably into the last 16 of the French Cup with a 4-0 away win at Rennes. Two goals from January signing Julian Draxler, his fifth in five games for the French outfit, and one each from Lucas Moura and Ben Arfa put the French league champions into next round.

Paris Saint-Germain are currently third in Ligue 1 behind Monaco and Nice and will face FC Barcelona on 14 February at the Parc des Princes and on 8 March in the second leg at Camp Nou. 

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